Another Badger is set to play in Pittsburgh next fall as former Wisconsin quarterback Bart Houston signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday. Houston sounds excited at the prospect to play in the Steel City, tweeting “I’m a Steeler!” Houston received a tryout for the Oakland Raiders in early May as part of his free agent period, but this was the first report of him talking with the Steelers.
He first received playing time as a relief quarterback for then-starter Joel Stave. He started the first five games of the 2016 season, going 4-1 as a starter and securing solid wins for the Badgers. Houston completed 125 of 192 passes (65 percent) for 1,540 yards and nine touchdowns in his career as a Badger. In the 2016 season, Houston threw a 68 percent completion rate for 1,245 yards and five touchdowns. In the season opener against No. 5 LSU, Houston led the team to the win by completing 19 of 31 passes for 205 yards and two interceptions. In the Badgers’ loss to No. 8 Penn State at the Big Ten Championship Game, Houston completed 16 of 21 passes for 174 yards. He tied the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic record for completion by throwing 91.7 percent to complete 11 of 12 passes for 159 yards in the team’s win against Western Michigan.
Houston’s signing was first reported by Ben Worgull of The Badger Nation.